Comics & Graphic Novel, Drama

Forget Me Not by Alix Garin

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It has been a while since I have reviewed a graphic novel that was a complete story in itself. The last few I picked up turned out to need the next few to make sense or give any form of satisfaction.
It is always hard to read a book about dementia/Alzheimers and its impact on family and friends. This is no exception. We have Clémence, who is struggling with her own personal issues when she realizes she may have a solution for her grandmother’s problems. She is unsure of her own mind and thinks helping her grandmother might somehow help her (this is not said outright but implied nevertheless).
The art matched the mood of the narrative, going fuzzy at times and having better clarity at others. It is also a growth arc for our central protagonist, who realizes that the trouble with memory is that it is selective unless otherwise explored or prompted. I was unsure of what my impressions of the book were until I was well into it. It’s only once you start to empathize with all of Clémence’s decisions that you really see the story go somewhere.
It was touching and emotional, and even though I still am not confident I appreciate parts of the ending, I would recommend the book to anyone who finds its blurb or my review interesting.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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